Journal article

Environmental change, urbanisation, and socio-ecological resilience in the Pacific: Community narratives from Port Vila, Vanuatu

Aimee F Komugabe-Dixson, Naomi SE de Ville, Alexei Trundle, Darryn McEvoy



Ecosystem services play a key role in maintaining community resilience and wellbeing; a function increasingly profiled following the publication of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. However, there is limited understanding of the value of, and threats to, ‘urban’ ecosystem services, especially in relation to Small Island Developing States (SIDS). This study uses a bottom-up approach to investigate the provisioning, regulating, supporting, and cultural benefits of local ecosystems to urban communities in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The project was based on participatory action research carried out for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) as part of the Pacific Ecosystem-based Adaptati..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This paper was based on research prepared for and funded by the Pacific Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change (PEBACC) Programme of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) through funds made available by the Bundesministerium fur Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit of the German federal government. We thank David Loubser, Vanuatu SPREP Country Manager, for his support and feedback.